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MondayNovember 1, 2010

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To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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They Said What? Most Notable Quotables of the 2010 Election Year

Take a look at the Most Notable Quotables and Anti-Latino Rhetoric of the 2010 election. The topic of immigration has given voters a long list of notable one-liners, and quizzical quotes to chose from but the following twelve have out done themselves to rise to the (completely outrageous) top.

11. Harold Johnson, congressional candidate, NC-8 (R)

    “Amnesty, amnesty, amnesty for 15 to 20 million illegals. If that happens, as Republicans, these chairs will stay empty. There is no sense in having meetings. We’ll never win another election.”

—October 19, 2010, speaking at a meeting of local Republicans

10. Allen West, congressional candidate, FL-22 (R)

    “You must be well-informed and well-armed, because this government we have right now is a tyrannical government. And it starts with illegal immigration.”

—May 2010, at a protest outside a day-labor center

9. Rep. Peter Palumbo, state representative seeking re-election, RI Dist. 16 (D)

    “We’ve all heard of anchor babies. We have something unique to Rhode Island, and they’re called anchor embryos. And what it is is a policy that we have in the state of Rhode Island — if you’re an illegal alien woman and you’re pregnant and you come to Rhode Island, you go to the Department of Human Services — the first thing you have to do is tell them that you’re an illegal alien and you’re pregnant and the Department of Human Services will offer you, do you want Blue Cross, United, or Neighborhood Health.”

—August 20, 2010, during an interview with Fox News

Image8. Brian Sandoval, gubernatorial candidate, NV (R)

    “My children don’t look Hispanic.”

—July 2010, during an interview with Univisión Nevada, when he was asked how he would feel if his children were stopped on the street and asked for their papers under a law like Arizona’s SB 1070 (which he supports). Univisión Nevada news director and El Tiempo columnist Adriana Arévalo wrote that Sandoval answered “with pride in his voice.”.

7. Kris Kobach, Secretary of State candidate, KS (R)

    “In Kansas, the illegal registration of alien voters has become pervasive… Our voter rolls must be purged of thousands of deceased individuals, illegally-registered aliens, and felons.”

—July 11, 2010, to the Wichita Eagle, explaining his claim about “pervasive” illegal voter registration of non-citizens

6. Joe Miller, U.S. Senate candidate, AK (R)

    “If East Germany could do it, we could do it.”

—October 17, 2010, at a town hall in Anchorage, on securing the border

Image5. Jan Brewer, Governor seeking re-election, AZ (R)

    “The majority of them in my opinion and I think in the opinion of law enforcement is that they are not coming here to work. They are coming here and they’re bringing drugs.

—June 15, 2010, during a Republican primary debate, on undocumented immigrants

    “Our law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert either buried or just lying out there that have been beheaded.”

—June 27, 2010, during an appearance on a local television show. As the Arizona Guardian reported days later, “officials with six county medical examiners offices in the state, including four from counties that border Mexico, say they have never heard of such attacks.”

    “The Mexican government, along with President Calderon and the bordering governors that interact with us, they do not want our borders secure. I mean, they have made it very, very clear…I believe that he believes that he is helping out the federal administration and they are looking at it in a political mode to bring in newly registered illegal immigrants to register to vote.”

—October 20, 2010, in an interview with CNS News

4. Louie Gohmert, U.S. Congressman seeking re-election, TX-1 (R)

    “We’re bringing them over here on tourist visas, some illegally, letting them be born here and saying this is an American citizen. So come back in 20, 25 years when you’re ready to blow us up.”

—July 1, 2010, during an interview with Fox Business

3. John Yates, state representative seeking re-election, GA Dist. 73 (R)

    “They ought to be armed and if warned leaflets dropped all over Mexico says that we will shoot to kill if anybody crosses and be serious about this and if they do that then there won’t be anybody killed.”

—October 14, 2010, during a debate, explaining what he feels the National Guard should do to protect the border

    “Stopping Hitler was worth the price. It’s our border. They’re invading us.”

—October 15, 2010, defending his “shoot to kill” statement

Image2. Sharron Angle, U.S. Senate Candidate, NV (R)

    “I’m not sure that those are Latinos in that commercial. What it is, is a fence and there are people coming across that fence. What we know is that our northern border is where the terrorists came through. That’s the most porous border that we have.”

—October 15, 2010, addressing Rancho High School’s Hispanic Student Union, after being asked why her ads portrayed Latinos as “illegal aliens” and criminals. (In late October, Angle released an ad with images of a Border Patrol checkpoint whose exterior clearly reads “El Paso, Texas.”)

    “I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don’t know that.”

—October 15, 2010, during the same conversation with members of Rancho High School’s Hispanic Student Union

Image1. Tom Tancredo, gubernatorial candidate CO (R)

    “If you belong to an organization called La Raza, in this case, which is, from my point of view anyway, nothing more than a…Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses.”

—May of 2009, speaking of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor during interviews on MSNBC in which he also claimed that Mexican border crossers were plotting the next terrorist attack.

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U.S. Reacts to Brazilian Election

The U.S. was quick to recognize Brazil’s first female-elect President, Dilma Rousseff in anticipation of her being sworn into office on January 1, 2011.

President Obama telephoned Rousseff earlier today to congratulate her on yesterday’s election.  In the call he expressed his appreciation of the US.-Brazil relationship and looks forward to meeting her.  The Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton also issued congratulatory comments:

“We congratulate President-elect Dilma Rousseff on her election. We also congratulate the millions of Brazilians who exercised their right to vote in both the first round elections on October 3 and in the October 31 runoff. The exemplary electoral process again illustrates Brazil’s long-standing respect for democratic governance, civil rights, and individual liberties, values that we share in common.”

“We look forward to working with President-elect Dilma Rousseff to deepen our partnership and advance common goals for the benefit of our two peoples and the Americas.”

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Is this the ‘Day of the Dead’ for the Democratic Party?

As many Latino households prepare their home altars in homage to El Dia de los Muertos also known as Day of the Dead, we are left to wonder if tomorrow will actually be the Day of the Dead for the Democratic Party.

A Day of the Dead altar or ofrenda honors the recently deceased with their picture and momentos of what they loved and would need in the after life.  In case the Democratic Party needs their own Day of the Dead altar HS News has prepared one for them.

Any Democratic Party ‘death’ altar must have all the key personnel that have departed (i.e. jumped ship) the Obama administration including Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and General Stanley McChrystal.  We also put in Nancy Pelosi’s picture to honor her probable demotion in no longer being Speaker of the House.  Of course the altar must honor the likely hood that a Republican majority will cause the death of Obamacare and repealed tax breaks but front and center to the death altar is Obama’s reelection possibilities.

Most Hispanic households view the Day of the Dead as a celebration however tomorrow the Democrats might view this as a funeral - we will see.


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Illegal Alien Apprehensions by Fiscal Year


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Last Ever “Show de Cristina” Will Air Tonight (VIDEO)

After 21 years of consistently being Univision’s most successful Talk Show hostess, Cristina Saralegui calls it quits. Her last show will air tonight at 10pm.

It promises to be a finale to remember, full of surprises and guest appearances by past guests from the more than 3000 air episodes of the show, since its inception in 1989.

Adiós Amiga!

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Internet Helping U.S.-Mexico Track Flow of Weapons

The e-Trace internet based system is helping Mexican and U.S. authorities track the flow of guns between the U.S. and Mexico in an effort to stem the tide of drug cartel violence.

The e-Trace system is an electronic tracing system connecting U.S. databanks to Mexico’s databank to study trends in gun purchases and traces guns that are seized in Mexico but came from the U.S.  Approximately 70 percent of all guns seized in Mexico come from the U.S. with 80,000 firearms seized in Mexico from 2006 through February of 2010.

The goal is to identify the “first purchaser” of that weapons and hold them accountable.  If the e-Trace system identifies a lot of guns coming from one U.S. source the Justice Department can open up an investigation. 

Read more at El Paso Times →

One Foot, Feathered Criminal Jailed in Colombia While the World Sighs Relief (VIDEO) (BILINGUAL)

One Foot, Feathered Criminal Jailed in Colombia While the World Sighs Relief (VIDEO) (BILINGUAL)

Photo: Juan Laverde for HS-News

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Police in the city of Barranquilla in the Colombian Caribbean have “arrested” a parrot after he allegedly helped suspected drug dealers and thieves escape during a raid, El Heraldo daily reported Thursday.

Last Wednesday, close to 300 police officers arrived to raid a house responding to several complaints that it was used as a hideout by thieves and drug dealers, but when officers arrived at the house they heard an excited voice repeating over and over, “Run, run or the cat will get you!”

Lorenzo the parrot had been trained to squeal code-phrases meant to alert criminals of the presence of the authorities. Thanks to the bird, everyone who had been in the house managed to get away.

Police handed Lorenzo over to an animal protection organization. Despite the bird’s best efforts, further investigation by police officers led to the arrest of four people and seized more than 200 weapons.

Police officer Edues Munoz, who took part in the raid, told El Heraldo that even after the bird was being taken away in a police car, he kept saying, “Run, run!”

He is just one of nearly 1,700 trained (criminal) parrots which have been seized by Colombian officials.

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92 Americans Have Died in Mexico Since June of Last Year

According to a recent U.S. State Department report 92 Americans have been killed in Mexico from June 2009 through June 2010.  Even though the David Michael Hartley shooting on Falcon Lake has garnered worldwide attention most other cases do not.  Some homicides are of Mexican-American citizens visiting family back in Mexico and traveling to unsafe areas. 

The State Department that monitors and advises on travel for U.S. citizens has issued numerous travel advisories to different parts of Mexico as a result of the drug-cartel violence.  Most recently it issued a warning on September 10th asking Americans to avoid traveling to Michoacán, Tamaulipas, parts of Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Durango and Coahuila. 

One of the many helpful travel tips the State Department offers is to make sure travelers carry U.S. consulate phone numbers with them and to register with the U.S. consulate in the Mexican city they are traveling to.

Read more at The Monitor →

Final Latino Decisions Tracking Poll Indicates Democrats Winning Latino Vote

On this, the eve of the 2010 Midterm Elections, the Latino Decisions tracking poll finds a Latino vote more energized, more enthused, and significantly more Democratic than at the start of the general election campaign.

Overall, with undecided voters pushed to make a decision, they are reporting 70% vote intention for Democrats, and 30% for Republicans, on the generic ballot midterm question. The poll also found a Latino electorate still ambivalent about the Obama administration and still not convinced on its commitment to the cause of comprehensive immigration reform, which was promised, but for a variety of reasons failed to come up in the administration’s first two years.

Meanwhile, Obama approval has dropped back to about 65%. This number is over four percentage points higher than 8 weeks ago but is actually 6% weaker than on October 4.

Read more at Latino Decisions →

MondayNovember 1, 2010